What do you do with your wood scraps?

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10-02-2010 08:46 PM

This is the best place I could think to post this topic, since loose wood scraps can be a hazard in the shop. I work out of half of a 2 car garage and have recently been finding that more often than not, I just toss my wood scraps. Part of me thinks there has got to be a better way, but when I think about using a bin like my dad and others, I can never think where I would ever empty the thing. I don’t have a wood stove to burn them in when the bin gets full and I don’t want to have a huge bag just full of wood scraps. Of course, these don’t leave many other options. So I’m curious, what do all of you guys do?

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#1 posted 10-02-2010 08:48 PM

I just made a small business card holder from scrap-sized pieces.

You can also make boxes and cutting boards, with them.

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 10-02-2010 08:54 PM

I stack most of them till it just gets to be too much. I really don’t keep too many small pieces. Anything big enough for test pieces everything else gets tossed or burnt. I have the same size shop so I know it can get real cluttered real fast.

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#3 posted 10-02-2010 09:08 PM

I usually keep anything longer than 3 inches LOL…

If it’s something like oak, i’ll save it for my smoker

-- San Diego, CA

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#4 posted 10-02-2010 09:16 PM

I fill boxes and boxes and bins and bins and eventually I burn some…

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 10-02-2010 10:23 PM

Well for most of my projects it isn’t scrap unless it is sawdust, and even then I have found uses for it. I make a lot of jewelry, so I use it all.

I try to really think about what I could use it for, and when I will actually make that project. For me it also matters what type of wood it is, things that are “pretty” can be much smaller then plywood scraps. Over the summer I got rid of a box of scraps that I just wouldn’t get around to using. We threw the box into the bonfire pit, but sometimes we use a wood stove.

A friend of the family is also a woodworker, and he was cleaning out his shop one day. He started to throw pieces of scrap into the woodstove when his wife walked in and got mad “do you know what Katie could do with those” she said, and boxed them up for me. I made several necklaces from the material, even sold one back to the couple.

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#6 posted 10-03-2010 03:20 AM

Scraps? What scraps?

No, I just box them up real compact and tight in boxes from the liquor store (they’re free and just the right weight when full) and I put them under my basement stairs—that’s during the summer. Then, as it starts to get a little chilly, I burn them in my wood stove, which is supplemental heat for my shop.

I haven’t bought a single cord of wood for my shop yet, but I also go to the business next door and take pallets and cut them up.

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#7 posted 10-03-2010 03:37 AM

Smoke meat with the good stuff like cherry and oak.

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#8 posted 10-03-2010 03:47 AM

The grandkids help use up some of the wood scraps. After some builds up on the shelves I find a local woodworker that wants it. And finally, whatever else does not get used we collect the heat value out of it with the wood burning stove in the winter.

Kohen woodworking projects

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 10-03-2010 04:02 AM

My six and eight-year-old budding woodworker sons always complain that I do not produce enough scraps for them – or that I keep the best ones for myself. Many scraps will be used for a few projects by the boys and then find their way into the wood stove or outdoor fire pit.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#10 posted 10-03-2010 04:04 AM

hahaha,those kids are going to look at these pictures later and ask, “You let me butcher up pieces of WALNUT AND MAPLE, and YOU BURNED THE REST?”

On a side note, you’re in Montana, and I see the kid is shirtless. I guess he’s acclimated to the cold, or are you burning a nice maple log in the shop? J/K.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#11 posted 10-03-2010 09:14 AM

You say scrap, I say offcut :-) – an offcut is just a small piece of wood you haven’t found a use for yet.
I’m with MrsN – splines, keyfobs, pendants, details … – the list is endless. They sit in a box waiting for their day to shine.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#12 posted 10-05-2010 01:50 AM

I usually make push sticks out of them… since I like to run the blade into the push stick, for small pieces on the band saw, since often there isnt alot of room on the side, and slipping would be bad… So needless to say, they get chewed up pretty well…

I also use them for carving when I am bored… either with my jackknife, or a chisel and a mallet…

They also make good gifts.. I am currently in the process of carving a 1×8 cutoff into a fish for my brother(5).... Now if only my bandsaw would get fixed… then I could do the letters…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#13 posted 10-05-2010 04:25 AM

The small stuff I use for kindling wood, and the long thin pieces for garden stakes.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#14 posted 10-05-2010 04:58 AM

I box mine up in large flatrate boxes and send them all over the USA to anyone who was willing to pay shipping and paypal charges. Over 400 boxes in the last 3 years.

-- mike & judy western md. www.

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#15 posted 10-05-2010 06:16 PM

Not that I need more “Scraps”, but…. how would one get in on buying a box from you PVWoodcrafts?

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